In order to be considered functional, any behavior must be adaptive,i.e. allow for a suitable reaction of the system to some stimuli.
However, functional behavior is more than a functional reflex, which is only a response to a command. A functional reflex may indeed endanger the system in some cases.
Functional behavior, even though its progress ceased at the reflex levels, involves the previous incorporation of a variety of possible reflexes into a subsystem:
1. which will be able to produce a considerable choice of distinct sequences, according to the general conditions (and not only to the specific stimulus)
2. which will be integrated, i.e. able to select the appropriate response.
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